Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

George G. Mutafyan, MD -  - Weight Loss Physician

George G. Mutafyan, MD

Weight Loss Physician & Bariatric Surgeon located in Glendale, CA

Thanks to advances in weight loss surgical techniques, you have many options to help you achieve your weight loss goals, including the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. George Mutafyan, MD, is a top-rated weight loss surgeon who’s been helping men and women in Glendale, California, and the surrounding Los Angeles area, lose substantial amounts of weight with the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. To schedule a surgical consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Laproscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Q & A

What is the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy?

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a weight loss surgery that removes as much as 85% of your stomach, leaving you with a sleeve-shaped portion to serve as your new stomach. Due to the removal of a large portion of your stomach, you’re not able to eat as much, so you lose weight.

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy also removes the portion of your stomach that produces hunger hormones. Without these hormones, you feel less hungry, which also helps support your weight loss efforts.

Am I a good candidate for the sleeve gastrectomy?

Dr. Mutafyan determines if you’re a good candidate for the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy during a bariatric surgical consultation. In general, you may be considered a good candidate if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or a BMI between 35 and 40 with obesity-related health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Mutafyan also requires that you be in relatively good health.

How is the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy performed?

Dr. Mutafyan is an experienced surgeon who utilizes the most advanced techniques and takes a minimally invasive approach to perform your sleeve gastrectomy to minimize scarring, pain, and recovery time. During the procedure, Dr. Mutafyan inserts a laparoscope through a small incision in your abdomen to serve as his eyes. Then, through additional small incisions, he inserts his surgical instruments to remove a portion of your stomach and create your new gastric sleeve.

The entire procedure takes about an hour and a half, and may be performed as an outpatient or inpatient procedure, depending on your needs. Dr. Mutafyan provides instructions on what to expect once you get home.

How much weight can I lose following a sleeve gastrectomy?

Everyone loses weight at different rates, but you may lose as much as 60% of your body weight within two years following your surgery. You may also experience an improvement in both physical and emotional health.

Obesity is a medical issue that requires medical attention. Dr. Mutafyan offers many treatment options to help you reach and stay at your goal weight, including the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.

To schedule a consultation, call George Mutafyan, MD, today or book an appointment online.